Cover Image: Dusk in Piccadilly Circus, London
(Photo by Jason Roush, 1997)
your seatbelt. Jason Roush, at the wheel of a 2004 Constellation, is about to take you there. This maker of pyrotechnic
nocturnes pricks out patterns of imagery and sound with the combined skills of the jeweler and folk-rock star, showing us
how to be wise and fresh in the same breath. Ohio, which seems to be the Poetry State, adds a new brilliant to the crown
that already boasts Hart Crane, James Wright, Richard Howard, and Rita Dove."
—Alfred Corn, author of
Atlas and Contradictions
"There's something exceptionally clean about these
poems. Though emotional they aren't messy, though full of regular young stuff, they're more fairytale than worldly. Jason's
not at all like Rilke, but he's writing on a very light edge that kind of twinkles—nearly sad about being alive, yet
consumed with taking a picture."
—Eileen Myles, author of Snowflake/Different Streets
"Meticulous, candid, poised, this outstanding first book has the passion and cool of
art. Jason Roush is a striking, genuine new talent, and After Hours is a wonderful read."
Pinsky, author of Gulf Music